Reader Ron sent in this cat decked in a cute snowman suit for the holidays. I love its expression. Ron’s note:
This is Cat – he owns my daughter Pam. You’ve seen him before as one of the cat-beards. I’m not sure if he’s unhappy with the costume, or with the up and coming Christian festivities.
If Cat could talk in this photo, what would he say?
A later addendum from Ron:
And just to show he isn’t as grumpy as he looks, see the attached. He’s a cat of many faces.
Compare the sweet cat face below to the angry one above, and note which facial features change to make a cat look mad.
31 thoughts on “Snowcat”
“I’m going to get you for this.”
Cat would clearly say, “I am not amused!”
Pretty sure he’ll get over it, though…especially if Pam takes that scarf off his neck and waves it around for Cat to chase…
Kill me. Kill me now.
No. “Me kill. Me kill NOW!”
I am not sure his words would be family friendly. Nevertheless somewhere in that string of profanity would be the word–prepare to die hoomin.
This picture is so funny. The cat is clearly restraining him/herself & thinking, “I so want to bite you in the face” along with a few expletives.
He would say “this is so fucking demeaning”, but she’s cute and the food is okay.
He wouldn’t say anything at all…. but there would be a paw held up with the middle toe in evidence.
Which would be quite the accomplishment for the average cat. 😀
(All I meant was that most of them don’t actually have a middle “finger,” per se.)
Actually, they do – they have a “thumb” (short and stunted but with a claw) higher up on their front paws, so they have five “fingers”, not to be confused with polydactyl cats.
This is a polydactyl cat:
That is really creepy.
The expression difference seems to be almost all in the reduced openness of the eyes, and a bit of whisker droop for the “I am not pleased” expression. Funny that such subtle differences can make such a change in expression.
AND the ears folded back, though the hat/scarf more or less obscures them.
Muttering under his breath: “Go ahead and laugh, stupid peeplez. You gotta sleep some time.”
The look says, “Be afraid. Be very afraid…”
So cute! Love it.
I can’t think of a cat in households I’ve lived in or been a part of, that “like” wearing anything. I was reminded of lines from “Chicago and December,” by poet W. S. Di Piero on the “reaction” of two stone lions outside the Art Institute.
“the great stone lions outside
by jumbo wreaths and ribbons
municipal good cheer
yoked around their heads.”
This cat is sooo great! I actually like it very much with its slightly angry edge in the first pic. That pure sweetness in the second pic, that is hard to take if she is not a kitten any more… Am not sure I can do this caption competition in English, but I’ll try:
“OH WHAT INDIGNATION I PUT UP WITH
AND ALL FOR THE LOVE OF THEE…
Cat, master thyself!
For you would hate
to see her defaced
by impulse alone…
It wouldn’t take much –
Just one second of letting go
And the wish to break free
Would result in horrendous carnage.
Twentyone, twentytooth, twentyfreeth…
You know it is worth
Keeping your head high!
Prerogative of US CATS
And all …
For the love of thee…
Ok, are we DONE NOW???
Gotta hide under the sofa…
“I would never do this except for the catnip they promised. There’d better be lots of it.”
The facial features that change are remarkably identical to human features conveying the same emotion. Ooh, that evolution thing is spooky.
Mammals certainly have a common facial expression language. Other vertebrates don’t tend to have a whole lot in the way of facial muscles, but those that do (some birds) share the same language. I expect it would be possible to get a good read on a T-Rex’s mood by observing it…if it weren’t for the minor little detail that they’ve been dead for scores of millions of years….
“I am NOT amused. Later I will pee in your shoe.”
“I really don’t think this is my colour. Can we try the brown Fedora?”
“I see a face that badly needs a scratch. Where exactly would it hurt most?”
“Last time I ever bet against the Celtics.”
“You’ve GOT to be Kidding!”